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Dani Dayan: Ambassador for Apartheid

Dani Dayan: Ambassador for Apartheid

Israel’s new Consul General to New York, Dani Dayan, speaking in March 2016

  • Dayan, who was born in Argentina and immigrated to Israel with his family in 1971 at the age of fifteen, lives on occupied Palestinian land in the settlement of Ma’ale Shomron in the northern West Bank. Ma’ale Shomron, like all Israeli settlements built on occupied land, is illegal under international law and contravenes longstanding official US policy.
  • From 2007 to 2013, Dayan was chairman of the Yesha Council, which represents Israeli settlers living in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. In 2013, he resigned and took up a new position, which he created, as the settler movement’s “chief foreign envoy.” In that role, Dayan courted foreign media, seeking to sanitize Israel’s repressive and discriminatory, nearly half-century-old military occupation regime, and to improve international public opinion of settlers by projecting an image of moderation and sophistication.
  • Although he publicly condemned attacks by settlers against Palestinians, during his tenure as head of the Yesha Council settler violence skyrocketed. In July 2012, the UN and a group of human rights organizations issued a report documenting a sharp increase in the number of settler attacks against Palestinians and their property in the preceding years. According to the report, violent settler attacks against Palestinians increased approximately 150% each year between 2008 and 2012, with 154 attacks in the first half of 2012 alone.
  • In August 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked controversy by naming Dayan as Israel’s ambassador to Brazil. In December, Israeli media reported that Brazil’s government had angrily rejected the appointment, citing Dayan’s role as a leader of Israel’s settlement enterprise, which Brazil and the rest of the international community consider to be illegal.
  • In March 2016, Dayan was appointed Israel’s Consul General to New York. In a TV interview just days before the announcement, Dayan attacked J Street, a liberal Zionist US advocacy group that describes itself as “pro-Israel” and “pro-Peace,” calling it “un-Jewish.

Opposition to Palestinian Self-Determination & the Two-State Solution

  • Dayan categorically opposes the creation of a Palestinian state in the occupied territories or self-determination of any kind for Palestinians inside historic Palestine. In July 2012, The New York Times published an op-ed by Dayan, entitled “Israel’s Settlers Are Here to Stay.” In it, Dayan rejected the international community’s “vain attempts to attain the unattainable two-state solution.”
  • In January 2015, Dayan boasted that due to settlement growth during his time as head of the Yesha Council, the two-state solution, which has been the basis of US and international efforts to make peace in the region for decades, was no longer possible, telling an interviewer: “I am convinced that at some point in my tenure as chairman, the settlement [enterprise] in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] became irreversible.” In the same interview, Dayan claimed he had defeated US President Barack Obama by undermining his administration’s efforts to freeze settlement construction as a step towards resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
  • Instead of the two-state solution, or a single state with equal rights for all its citizens, Dayan hasproposed making Israel’s control over the occupied territories permanent while maintaining the status quo of denying millions of Palestinians who live there their freedom and basic rights – a situation many, including at least four former Israeli prime ministers, have called apartheid. This would be followed at some point in the future by the creation of a Palestinian state in neighboring Jordan, one of only two Arab states that Israel has a peace treaty with. (In a 2012 interview, Dayan called Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein “an ugly 18-year-old boy with glasses.”) Palestinians who chose to remain in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, would continue to live under Israeli control but vote in elections in this new Palestinian state. As for tiny, occupied and besieged Gaza, Dayan has suggested it should constitute a separate Palestinian state, apart from the one that would replace Jordan.

(Source / 01.08.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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